December 9, 2013 |
Not exactly a spoiler alert, but there's a place Casey Affleck's character goes in Out of the Furnace - he's an Iraq war veteran returned to Western Pennsylvania and finding it hard to assimilate - that may necessitate some mental readjustment on the part of audiences. Especially audiences who think of New Jersey as a dense grid of traffic circles, shopping malls, and suburban sprawl. Affleck's Rodney Baze Jr. heads from the Rust Belt gloom of Braddock, Pa., to the Ramapo Mountains in the northeast corner of the Garden State to fight in an illegal, bare-knuckle boxing match being promoted by a crazy-eyed backwoods meth dealer played by Woody Harrelson . With its thick rings of uninviting forest, empty two-lane roads, biker bars, and dilapidated farmhouses, the area looks like it's in the Ozarks, or the Smokies, not a stone's throw from the Tappan Zee. "I know," says Affleck, on the phone from Miami the other day. "It seemed crazy, right?
August 24, 2011 |
ACTORS WHO decide to make albums? Yuck! Unless you're a precocious teen talent on the Disney Channel or a theatrically schooled rapper, that actor-turned-singer thing is just not supposed to happen. "You don't buy fish from a dentist, or ask a plumber for financial advice, so why listen to an actor's music?" ruminates Hugh Laurie, the British emoter who disguises his accent well on the hit Fox TV series "House. " Now he's doing likewise on an aptly titled album of New Orleans blues classics, "Let Them Talk," to be unleashed on American ears Sept.
August 14, 2011
Pop Jeff Bridges (Blue Note ***) In the movie Crazy Heart , Jeff Bridges plays a country singer who has seen better days. As impressive as his Oscar-winning acting job was the singing - Bridges did all his own. For this album the actor, 61, has reteamed with producer T Bone Burnett and some of the players and writers who worked on the excellent Crazy Heart soundtrack (Bridges also contributes two originals and a cowrite). A couple of numbers - "What a Little Bit of Love Can Do" and "Maybe I Missed the Point" - revisit the midtempo country-rock that was the calling card of the movie's Bad Blake character.
November 26, 2010
ONLY THE most disciplined movie critics will be able to make it all the way through a holiday movie preview this year without making a "Fockers" joke. Alas, I could not do it. "Little Fockers" got the best of me, and God help me when I have to post a review on Dec. 22 - when the movie opens opposite "Gulliver's Travels" and the Coen brothers' "True Grit," a movie assumed to be an Oscar front-runner even though nobody has seen it. And that's not even the biggest, most competitive date on the schedule.
August 23, 2010 |
M AGGIE Gyllenhall and Rupert Everett will star in "Hysteria," a comedy about the creation of the vibrator in Victorian era England, whose screenplay is based on a story by Daily News Tattle writer Howard Gensler . Tanya Wexler will direct the film, written by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer centering on two London doctors, played by Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce , who are treating women for irritability, anger...
August 12, 2010 |
"Get Low" is the kind of valedictory movie that a few lucky actors find at the end of a great career. In this case the actor is Robert Duvall (incredibly, he's nearly 80 years old), and it's good enough to make us hope, somehow, that Duvall has many more in store. Duvall is completely at home and in the zone in "Get Low" as Old Man Bush, a Great Depression hermit in the Georgia hills, shrouded in legend, who abruptly ends a life of seclusion and announces to stunned locals that he wants to pay for, and attend, his own funeral.
May 21, 2010
1. Edge of Darkness . 1/2 (R) 2. Legion (R) 3 Daybreakers . (R) 4. Tooth Fairy 1/2 (PG) 5. It's Complicated . (R) 6. Avatar . 1/2 (PG-13) 7. Leap Year . (PG) 8. Crazy Heart . . (R) 9. Sherlock Holmes . (PG-13) 10. The Blind Side 1/2 (PG-13)
March 8, 2010
Actor: Jeff Bridges in Crazy Heart Actress: Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side Documentary short: "Music by Prudence" Animated short: "Logorama" Live action short: "The New Tenants"
March 8, 2010
THE SPOILS of an epic Oscar war went to "The Hurt Locker," which won Best Picture last night by beating the world's most popular movie, "Avatar. " The movie won six awards in all (to "Avatar's" three). Kathryn Bigelow, who helmed the Iraq war drama "The Hurt Locker," became the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director (an award presented by Barbra Streisand). "There's no other way to describe it, it's the moment of a lifetime," said a tearful Bigelow, who dedicated the award "to the women and men in the military who risk their lives on a daily basis.